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Rene Kolga | 18 Jan 2010 | 2 comments

All,

Thanks a lot for your submissions! We currently have 5 new custom inventory scripts, but need another 5 in order to finalize the awards!
Please submit a few more Inventory Solution 7 custom scripts.

Thank you,
Rene

Ludovic Ferre | 12 Jan 2010 | 0 comments

Here's a quick test I ran this morning for a colleague who need to check if the feature works upon computer reboot (which for the agent is the same as a service stop / start event pair).

So here's the test I conduct:

  • Picked up the 4 biggest packages from my PMS update directories
  • Created a single package with 900+ MiB from 4 files
  • Created a SWD Task and assigned it to my test machine
  • Update the client config on the test machine
  • Disable the NIC after the download started
  • Enabled the NIC and forced the download restart (couldn't wait 4 minutes ;)
  • Stopped the Altiris Agent
  • Started the Altiris Agent
  • Repeated the above 2 steps

And the results are visible here:

PkgDownload_CheckPoint_AgentRestart.png

You see that the...
erikw | 28 Dec 2009 | 1 comment

With the current large disks it is a huge task if you need to find something. I found a very cool tool that really helps.

"Everything" is an administrative tool that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows.
Unlike Windows search "Everything" initially displays every file and folder on your computer (hence the name "Everything").
You type in a search filter to limit what files and folders are displayed.

"Everything" only uses file and folder names and generally takes a few seconds to build it's database.
A fresh install of Windows XP SP2 (about 20,000 files) will take about 1 second to index.
1,000,000 files will take about 1 minute.
 

Best of all, It is freeware. If you use it in a professional environment and you like it, you could consider a donation to the developer.

http://www.voidtools.com/

ianatkin | 17 Dec 2009 | 0 comments

Altiris UK User Group Event: Windows 7 and Altiris

We would like to invite you to the second Altiris UK User Group event. The User Group is still very new but the first event was a great success and there is still a great need for Altiris users to communicate with one another.

When: 20th January 2010, 2.45pm – 5.00pm

Where: Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International PLC, 6 Broadgate, London, EC2M 2AA

What: A chance to meet other Altiris users and share experiences as well as learn from Symantec experts about how Altiris assists with Windows 7 migrations.

Agenda:

2.45 – 3.00pm: Registration and tea/coffee
3.00 – 3.45pm: “7 Steps to Windows 7 migration” presentation by Greg Slade, Altiris Regional Product Manager
3.45 – 4.00pm: Tea and coffee break
4.00 – 4.30pm: “Integrated Server Management &...

Superfreak3 | 17 Dec 2009 | 0 comments
The biggest issue I've dealt with over the years is getting files to register properly via install.  I've used various authoring tools (mostly big name products) and I've had the same problem(s) with each - some more frequent than others.

For the most part, you add a file to your project/template and the information is scanned.  It never fails though, from release to release, I get one or two .dll's that just aren't getting registered.  I look in my project and it looks as though the registration stuff is there, but app errors so something not getting scanned/included properly.

I also noticed recently that when I pull an assembly into a template, it appears that registry information does get scanned for it.  However, I think its missing some 'stuff' that would be registered via RegAsm.  Being so busy since being called back from a layoff, I haven't been able to take registry snapshots to see what information is missing.

Then...

Terry Cutler | 16 Dec 2009 | 0 comments

In the August 2009 timeframe, a document was posted to help educate IT administrators on the most secure use of Intel vPro technology-based desktops and laptops.   The document provides greater insights to the technology, platform architecture, services provided, security recommendations, and so forth.   The document was written from a platform technology viewpoint, thus direct correlations or insights to deployment in a Symantec environment were not provided.

The document is over 60pages long and about 29.5MB in size.   The material was original posted as a reference for security focused administrators.

The material is available at http://www.vproexpert.com/MC334/security-configuration-checklist-rev2.zip

If specific questions about how to implement the security features using a Symantec\Altiris environment - items posted in...

Ludovic Ferre | 15 Dec 2009 | 5 comments

There is a fuzzy area between the count of managed machines in a Notification Server and the count of active machines.

First when is a managed machine considered as active or inactive? This can be defined and interpreted in many different ways based on the nature of one's business, whether it is fast changing or strictly controlled etc.

The SQL query below is not going to answer this question, but can serve as a starting point (you could add event request on the filter such as last basic inventory received or last client policy request etc):


use altiris

select count (*), ((DATENAME(Year,DataLastChangedDate)) + ' ' + (DATENAME(Month,DataLastChangedDate))) as 'Month'
  from (
			select ResourceGuid, Max(DataLastChangedDate) as 'DataLastChangedDate'
			  from ItemResource ir
			  join ResourceUpdateSummary rus
				on ir.guid = rus.resourceguid
			 where IsManaged = 1
			 group by resourceguid
		) t
 where datalastchangeddate > DATEADD(Month,- 3,GETDATE...
Ludovic Ferre | 14 Dec 2009 | 1 comment

Text file encoding is one big challenge in modern computing.

Why? Because the various files encoding that exist to represent text data can vary greatly, based on the system type it was created on (Unix versus Windows versus Mac), based on the processor type (big-endians versus little-endians, which is relates to how the processor read data from memory) and based on language settings and character sets (unicode, ascii etc).

Here is a screen shot from my favorite text file editor on Windows (Notepad ++ which is a free and open source software) showing the various file encoding options available nowadays:

          npp_file_encoding_option.png

This clearly illustrates that there are...

Ludovic Ferre | 11 Dec 2009 | 1 comment

Friday evening.

I still have an outstanding case with various IIS related issues however I'm glad the week end has come. This way I can progress my {CWoc} project and do a little bit of coding.

I only had a couple of evening to work on some high level design consideration (on data structures to store statistics) and low level tid-bits. Passing a few small hurdles (getting started file file handling in C) I got around to create a native (x64) program to read files lines by lines in chunks of 1024 bytes. The C# code reads the entire line at a once and was very easy to do (if think the prototype was working last week-end already).

So both programs are capable of handling the command line pre-defined (with minor edits on the arguments), and both actually can parse a file to count the number of bytes read and give out a line count.

So I thought I'd run some base line tests to check if C is really much more efficient than high level languages like C...

B_Raj | 10 Dec 2009 | 5 comments

AutoIt continues to be FREE !!

AutoIt v3 is a freeware BASIC-like scripting language designed for automating the Windows GUI and general scripting. It uses a combination of simulated keystrokes, mouse movement and window/control manipulation in order to automate tasks in a way not possible or reliable with other languages (e.g. VBScript and SendKeys). AutoIt is also very small, self-contained and will run on all versions of Windows out-of-the-box with no annoying “runtimes” required!

AutoIt was initially designed for PC “roll out” situations to reliably automate and configure thousands of PCs. Over time it has become a powerful language that supports complex expressions, user functions, loops and everything else that veteran scripters would expect.

Features:

  • Easy to learn BASIC-like syntax
  • Simulate keystrokes and mouse movements
  • Manipulate windows and processes
  • Interact with all standard...